Social Entrepreneurship

In the Arts: Getty Foundation Give Grants for Southern Calif. Mega-Exhibit

The Getty Foundation announced a $3.1-million round of grants to support an ambitious group of exhibitions devoted to post-World War II art in Southern California, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980,” is scheduled to open in fall 2011 in more than two dozen museums and galleries. Getty had already committed $3.6-million to the project, which has been in the works since 2002.

In other arts news, the Los Angeles Opera unveiled a trimmed-back schedule for 2010-11, its 25th season, the Times reports.

The opera will present 42 performances of six productions, down from peaks of 75 performances and 10 productions in 2006 and 2007. The opera has struggled with the financial demands of its upcoming production of Wagner’s Ring cycle and last month took a $14-million emergency loan from Los Angeles County.

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Abortion-Rights Groups Protest Super Bowl Ad by Focus on the Family

Abortion-rights groups are calling on CBS to pull an advertisement by the Christian advocacy organization Focus on the Family, which the network has accepted for airing during next month’s Super Bowl, write The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

The critics cite past instances in which the network rejected advocacy ads from groups such as the liberal organization and the pro-gay-rights group United Church of Christ.

CBS said it had already altered its policy on such commercials before it agreed to sell time to Focus on the Family for an ad featuring University of Florida football star and evangelical Christian Tim Tebow and his mother. The network said it would “continue to consider responsibly produced ads from all groups for the few remaining spots in Super Bowl XLIV.”

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Deal Could Spell End of N.Y.’s St. Vincent’s Hospital

Nonprofit Continuum Health Partners, one of New York’s largest hospital systems, has made an offer to take over the financially ailing St. Vincent’s hospital, the city’s last Catholic general hospital, and turn it into an outpatient center, reports The New York Times.

St. Vincent’s has been losing millions of dollars a month and is facing a possible second bankruptcy three years after emerging from its first. The Greenwich Village hospital gained iconic status in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, when it became a gathering place for people searching for loved ones.

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From The Chronicle: President Defends Budget-Freeze Proposal

President Obama gave few clues in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night about what his proposed 2011 budget might hold for social services or other areas of interest to nonprofit groups, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

From The Chronicle: Haiti Donations Pass $528-Million

Fifteen days after the massive earthquake struck Haiti, donors have contributed more than $528-million to 40 U.S. nonprofit groups, a Chronicle tally finds.

Government and Politics Watch: White House Urges Foundations to Take Risks

While President Obama was on Washington’s Capitol Hill reflecting on his first year in office during his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, another top White House official was in Los Angeles urging foundations to take greater risks, reports The Chronicle’s Government and Politics Watch column.

Give and Take: A ‘Fraught’ Relationship With Foundations, Plus More

In a mock letter to foundation leaders, a charity executive lays out her problems with how grant makers treat nonprofit groups, notes Give and Take, The Chronicle’s roundup of the best blog posts about the nonprofit world.


  • Why nonprofit groups should push for changes in state fiscal policies.
  • A response to questions about “processing gifts made to the embattled Yéle Haiti Foundation.”
  • An examination of giving by the Gannett Foundation.
  • A critic moderates his view of the Product Red campaign.

Intern Update: Last Week at the SSE

So tomorrow will mark Nick Kang and my last day at the London School for Social Entrepreneurs and I don't think either one of us can really believe the month is over already. This experience has been a great start...

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